This blog is the work of Melissa Cameron. She is jewellery artist and lapsed interior architect who moonlights as a photographer, mostly out of necessity.*

All posts are written by Melissa, with quotes as noted. The texts presented in the Conference Papers and Symposia sections were written for delivery by Melissa at the events as indicated in each introduction, and are collected here for reference.  The monthly ‘Deadlines’ posts (collected in the Monthly Deadlines Calendar page as shown in the main toolbar) are written from content collected from a variety of sources, and will often contain text taken straight from the linked page. The deadlines listed each month are given here as a guide only and so readers who use this information do so at their own risk.

As mentioned, photography is also by Melissa. Some, including those images featured on invitation cards (reprinted with permission), are by others, who retain all copyright.

Melissa’s website with CV, biography, statement, upcoming events, stockists (in the Contact section) and many, many more images, visits the more important aspects of her practice and is updated regularly.

In all her website endeavours (including the Heat Exchange Blog) she is radically outperformed by the ubiquitous TurboNerd, who codes with unparallelled verve and speed, and who kindly makes the architecture more or less operable by Melissa to ensure her frequent updates.

Her favorite tool is a tie between AutoCad LT 2013 and her 100mm Vallorbe saw frame combined with 6/0 Glardon Vallorbe blades. To ensure that these tools sing in harmony she also needs 0.5mm drill bits (most often Busch) and her drill press (Proxxon), as well as stainless steel cable, in copious quantities.

Like all bloggists, she loves to receive comments, either on the site, via twitter or via email to: blog at melissa cameron dot net.

* To that end she is helped immensely by her wonderful Leica D-LUX 4, and two 6-bulb studio lamps that feature natural daylight CFL lamps against a roll of photo glossy paper, though her studio shots also feature her telephone camera, presently an iPhone 6.

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Melissa,
    You are a good writer. Your subject matter is over my head, however i enjoyed your naturalism.
    I am a cook, not a Jeweller and i am searching for someone to enamel coat? or a protective / non stick coat , my Paella pans.
    All i can find are overseas commercial kitchenware makers ie Firestone. I live near Melbourne.
    The pans initially had a coating but this is now wearing off. The pans are 1.2 meters wide and 90 mm deep. They are some form of steel alloy that were sourced in Malaysia.
    I know this isn’t your field , but i have become quite frustrated in my searching. Perhaps you may know someone.
    Thanks for your time, Regards Rodney.

  2. Hi Rodney,
    Many thanks, and apologies for coming to your question so late. I don’t have any names of industrial enamellers in Australia unfortunately, and I can’t imagine that you’d be up for sending them to the US for resurfacing. I cannot even think of a person/university/business that would have a kiln of that size, though I know that glass manufacturers and some ceramicists would have to have them somewhere. I’m sorry to not be able to help you, you question really has me stumped. I hope you are able to find a good solution soon. Good luck!

  3. Hello Melissa,

    I saw your work at the Bellevue Arts Museum and was deeply moved. On your blog entry about Tanya Lippe’s Lunch Box, I saw mention of a book published posthumously with her poetry (featured in the installation). Is the book available for purchase? Or was it only a small print run for friends and family?

    Thank you for the experience.

    Be well,

  4. Hi Raven,

    Thank you so much for getting in touch and your comments about the work. As you suspected, it was a small print run made locally, only for friends and family. Micki gave me a copy from which to make the work, and kindly loaned a hard copy for the exhibition.

    The piece is the result of a very unique commission, and became a collaboration between Tanya’s words, the object, my research and my body. I don’t think I’ll make a work, or have an experience, like it again. That might read as overly dramatic, but I do believe it’s true. I am so glad that it has resonated.

    Thank you for sharing, I wish you luck in your words,

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